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News posted on Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Australian WSET Graduates "Great Inspiration"
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has paid tribute to Australia’s Diploma graduates, calling them a “great inspiration” to the local drinks industry. Ed Merrison of Melbourne-based distributor CellarHand took out Australian dux placing him in the top 1% of WSET students worldwide. Source, Winetitles.

New Judges for 2017 Air NZ Wine Awards
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards, has a new Chair of Judges for 2017. Warren Gibson, chief winemaker at Trinity Hill and proprietor of Bilancia in the Hawke’s Bay, take over the helm from Kumeu River’s Michael Brajkovich, who served as Chair of Judges from 2011 to 2016. Source, Winetitles.

A New brand for Treasury
Treasury Wine Estates has launched a new range dedicated to the pioneering spirit of Samuel Wynn. This brand, Samuel Wynn & Co, was inspired by the adventurous spirit of a Polish immigrant who made a big impact on the Australian wine industry.

Alibaba opens door of e-commerce for NZ
Alibaba will be present at this year’s EPIC (Ethnic People in Commerce) conference in New Zealand, to be held in Auckland on 30th June. There are “significant opportunities” for ethnic communities in New Zealand wanting to tap into the Chinese consumer market, according to Piers Smulders, Alibaba’s business development manager in New Zealand. Source, Power Retail.

$45 million plan for Goona Warra winery
A bold $45 million tourism investment at Sunbury’s southern entrance has been proposed by the new owners the historic Goona Warra Winery. Source, The Herald Sun.

Plantagenet Wines gets an overhaul
WA’s oldest company, the owner of the Sadleirs transport group and Plantagenet Wines, is activating its $80 million property portfolio as part of a strategic overhaul that has it back in profit and winning new business after ugly financial results last year. Source, The West Australian.

The "new" goon
A new range of premium wines packaged in flexible wine pouches has hit the market, in the form of Tote Wines. The launch range includes a 2014 Barossa Valley Shiraz and a 2016 Eden Valley Sauvignon Blanc with a Barossa Valley Rosé set to launch in the coming months. Source, The Shout.

Wine consumption increases, except in France
Though the French may lead the world in wine production, their consumption is seriously lagging. According to LARVF, France’s wine consumption has seen a 13% decrease since 2011, with numbers expected to decline until 2020. Source, Vine Pair.

Uruguay's icon wine debut
Billionaire Argentinian Alejandro Bulgheroni owns multiple wineries, including Renwood in California, Château Suau in Bordeaux, a few in Tuscany (including Dievole) as well as in Argentina (Argento, Bodega Vistalba) and a new venture in Patagonia that will be the southernmost winery in the world. Source, Forbes.

Wine author John Schreiner on BC wines
"British Columbia has gone from zero to 60 in a fairly short time. But the wines we’re producing now stand up to some of the top wines in California or Europe, and there’s a lot more upside to what we’re doing here. If we lack, it’s because the longevity is not yet there." Source, The Globe and Mail.

To save Chilean wine producers head south
Faced with increasingly inhospitable growing conditions, the Chilean wine industry is moving south and experimenting with new vines. Deep in Chile's rain-soaked forest of La Union, 490 miles south of Santiago and accessible only by 4x4 vehicles, is a rather unusual vineyard.Source, Bloomberg.

Grow your private label and bulk business in Europe with the 2018 IBWSS London
Unlock new revenue streams at the upcoming International Bulk Wine & Spirits (IBWS) Show, taking place in London on January 24-25, 2018.

Grants available Maceodon Ranges wine industry
Here’s to the health of the Macedon Ranges’ wine industry. Grants are available as the state government seeks to help winemakers develop Victoria’s wine industry. Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas announced the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the next stage of the Wine Growth Fund earlier this month. Source, Star Weekly.

Wines with salinity
Everyone talks about the fruit notes in wine, but have you ever heard someone call a wine “salty?” Geography is one of the key factors; many of the vineyards are located near large bodies of water and saltwater elements from the ocean, carried over by wine currents, are deposited in the soil or even on grape skins. Source, Paste Magazine.

Coravin market widens
Coravin recently developed a new device designed to be used on wines bottled under screwcap, which is doing well in restaurants in Melbourne and Sydney, where screwcaps rule the roost. The screwcap-friendly Coravin, which features medical silicon, is good for 50 goes according to Coravin’s CEO, Fred Levy. Source, The Drinks Business.

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